Being grumpy is good for you?

In an interview with Australian Science Magazine, Australian psychology expert Professor Joe Forgas, who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.

In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed. The University of New South Wales researcher says a grumpy person can cope with more demanding situations than a happy one because of the way the brain “promotes information processing strategies”.

While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking.

Now where does this leave us architects? I suppose we need to be happy for the design phases of a project but grumpy for the contract administration and project management phases. Or more specifically we need to be grumpy for the analyitcal design phases, happy for sketch design, grumpy for development approval, happy for detailed design, grumpy for documentation and construction phases, while trying to be happy when meeting with clients, and grumpy when managing the office, and of course always being grumpy when meeting builders. After this emotional rollercoaster it’s no wonder architects are grumpy!


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